19S Slip To Seaside Loss

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Everton's Under 19 side suffered their first defeat of pre-season as they went down 2-3 at Blackpool.

After playing three games in the space of six days, fatigue swept through Alan Harper's side, who found themselves three goals down with an hour on the clock.

However, the Blues rallied and goals from Scott Brown after 70 minutes and Anthony Barry on 75 raised hopes of a draw.

Blackpool hung on for a victory though, much to Harper's disappointment.

"It hurts to say this, but Blackpool deserved the win," he told evertonfc.com.

"I wasn't pleased with the attitude of our lads - that's one of the first times I've had to say this, but they seemed to think that they could beat Blackpool by just turning up.

"I'm glad Blackpool proved them wrong, because the lads will have learnt from this."

Harper's youngsters are set to be involved in three more games over the next six days, with Southport, Nigeria Under 17s and Welsh side TNS providing the opposition.

"I'm a bit worried about them," admitted Harper.

"Although they're keen to play, you can get too much football. I'm worried about them being too tired for the start of the season.

"But we'll do as best we can and look after them properly."

Meanwhile, the Under 17s thrashed Marine Reserves 5-2 at Netherton.

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